Biotech Updates

Zimbabwe to Produce More Drought Resistant Crops

October 31, 2012

In response to continuous drought in Zimbabwe which results to poor yields far below what the country needs, research into drought resistant seeds in Zimbabwe is gaining momentum, indicating government's realization of the possible negative consequences of climate change.

Scientists from public research institutions in the country are conducting studies on faster-maturing and drought tolerant seed varieties, holding out the hope of much-needed relief for thousands of farmers across Zimbabwe. Among the drought resistant seed varieties which were developed in the country is Sirdamaize 113, a variety of maize developed by the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC), in partnership with the University of Zimbabwe and Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI). Researches for the development of high quality mushroom and cotton seed varieties are also being undertaken.

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